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Atlantic Goes for the Gold with New Grammy Compilation

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2014 Grammy NomineesTo cap off a relatively all-over-the-place year in pop music for 2013, January 26 sees the 56th annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live as always from Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The competition is particularly heavy with nominations for rappers, both veterans (Jay-Z) and upstarts (Kendrick Lamar, indie sensations Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who continue to self-release their work without a major label behind them), but there’s a little something for everyone on the 2014 Grammy Nominees album, due January 21 from Atlantic Records.

The 18 tracks herein span dozens of categories and genres. Do you like R&B-flavored pop? Justin Timberlake, nominated for seven awards this year, offers “Mirrors,” a shimmering ballad off his 20/20 Experience double album, while future Super Bowl halftime performer Bruno Mars brings “Locked Out of Heaven” – the best Police song Sting never wrote – and Robin Thicke is represented by the year’s biggest chart hit, “Blurred Lines.” New Zealand’s iconoclastic Lorde, a Record of the Year and Song of the Year nominee at only 17, offers her inescapable “Royals,” while Daft Punk (who will perform with Stevie Wonder at the telecast) satisfy all ages with “Get Lucky,” a killer disco track bolstered by an immediately recognizable guitar riff from CHIC’s Nile Rodgers.

Other key tracks include “Brave,” from singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ The Blessed Unrest (a surprise nominee for Album of the Year), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ uplifting tolerance anthem “Same Love,” the excellent “Just Give Me a Reason” by pop survivor P!nk and Nate Ruess of fun., and “Merry Go Round,” a criminally underrated track by country singer Kacey Musgraves. (Her Same Trailer Different Park is up for Best Country Album, “Merry Go Round” is up for Best Country Song and Musgraves herself contends for a Best New Artist trophy.)

For the full track list, as well as a breakdown of nominations surrounding each song, hit the jump.

2014 Grammy Nominees (Atlantic, 2014)

  1. Locked Out of Heaven – Bruno Mars
  2. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell
  3. Royals – Lorde
  4. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons
  5. Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
  6. Roar – Katy Perry
  7. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  8. Brave – Sara Bareilles
  9. Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
  10. Retrograde – James Blake
  11. Swimming Pools (Drank) – Kendrick Lamar
  12. Lego House – Ed Sheeran
  13. Just Give Me a Reason – P!nk feat. Nate Ruess
  14. Begin Again – Taylor Swift
  15. Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton
  16. Merry Go Round – Kacey Musgraves
  17. Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift feat. Keith Urban
  18. Take a Little Ride – Jason Aldean

Track 1 from Unorthodox Jukebox (Atlantic, 2012). Nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Album nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. Another track from album (“When I Was Your Man”) nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. Remix of track by Sultan + Ned Shepard nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical.
Track 2 from Blurred Lines (Star Trak/Interscope, 2013). Nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Album nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album. Pharrell Williams nominated for Producer of the Year in part for this track.
Track 3 from Pure Heroine (Lava/Republic/Universal Music, 2013). Nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Album nominated for Best Pop Solo Album.
Track 4 from Night Visions (Kidinakorner/Interscope, 2012). Nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance.
Track 5 from Random Access Memories (Daft Life/Columbia, 2013). Nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop/Duo Performance. Album nominated for Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Pharrell Williams nominated for Producer of the Year in part for this track.
Track 6 from Prism (Capitol, 2013). Nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Dr. Luke nominated for Producer of the Year in part for this track.
Track 7 from The 20/20 Experience (RCA, 2013). Nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. Album nominated for Best Pop Solo Album. Another track from album (“Suit & Tie (feat. Jay-Z)”) nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Peformance and Best Music Video. Another track from album (“Pusher Love Girl”) nominated for Best R&B Song.
Track 8 from The Blessed Unrest (Epic, 2013). Nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance. Album nominated for Album of the Year.
Track 9 from The Heist (Macklemore LLC, 2012). Nominated for Song of the Year. Album nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. Artist nominated for Best New Artist. Another track from album (“Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)”) nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. Another track from album (“Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)”) nominated for Best Music Video.
Track 10 from Overgrown (Polydor/Republic, 2013). Artist nominated for Best New Artist.
Track 11 from Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope, 2012). Nominated for Best Rap Performance. Artist nominated for Best New Artist. Album nominated for Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. Another track from album (“Now or Never (feat. Mary J. Blige)”) nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Artist nominated for other tracks in Best R&B Performance and Best Rap Song.
Track 12 from (Asylum/Atlantic, 2011). Artist nominated for Best New Artist.
Track 13 from The Truth About Love (RCA, 2012). Nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Track 14 from Red (Big Machine, 2012). Nominated for Best Country Song. Album nominated for Album of the Year and Best Country Album.
Track 15 from Based on a True Story… (Warner Bros., 2013). Nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. Album nominated for Best Country Album.
Track 16 from Same Trailer, Different Park (Mercury, 2013). Nominated for Best Country Song. Artist nominated for Best New Artist. Album nominated for Best Country Album.
Track 17 from Two Lanes of Freedom (Big Machine, 2013). Nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Album nominated for Best Country Album.
Track 18 from Night Train (Broken Bow, 2012). Album nominated for Best Country Album.

Written by Mike Duquette

January 6, 2014 at 09:19

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  1. I must be old. I’ve never heard 13 of those songs.

    galley99

    January 7, 2014 at 08:07


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